New reads: Joshua by David Firth

Our tutor in Old Testament David Firth’s new book “Joshua” is a commentary on Joshua aimed at those interested in the significance of the book in contemporary practice.

Why Joshua?
David was approached by the series editors to write this having known of his passion to better understand scripture and his experience with Joshua from having previously written another commentary: “The Message of Joshua – Bible Speaks Today”.  However, this gave him the opportunity to give a chance to give a more scholarly exposition of it.

He said he was keen to write it because he recognises that the book of Joshua is widely misunderstood so the book highlights that Joshua is not so much about conquest but about the formation of Israel’s identity – Who is Israel? Where is Israel? This is far broader than most have appreciated in the past.
“Joshua is not bounded by genetics and geography.”

What to expect? 
It is the first in published by a series by Lexam Press called “The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series” who describe it as “Scholarly exegesis, biblical theology, and life application come together in a new commentary series on every book of the Bible.”

Introducing the Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary | Lexham Press

The series is confessionally evangelical in style and approach. It’s written from the Hebrew texts so that those who have previously found it hard to understand those texts would be able to engage with Joshua more directly.
As a piece of work that is Biblical theology through a commentary, it illustrates how Joshua engages with the rest of the biblical canon and thus we can apply it in our contemporary context.

Will there be more? 
The series is not limited and some of the other books in the series will be: Daniel, Psalms, Hebrews and more written by a collection of different authors.

Where can we find it? 
The book is available as a searchable book in Logos and in multiple online websites such as:

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